It’s sort of assumed that when a celebrity stops being famous they just retire to a celebrity island where they live out the rest of their days watching re-run of their old shows or living off royalties from that movie they starred in that one time. Who knew that they actually have to get real people jobs and go back to living like the rest of us when the acting work dries up? Mind. Blown.

jonathan bennett mean girlsJonathan Bennett AKA Aaron Samuels is now a spinning instructor

Take Jonathan Bennett AKA Aaron Samuels from Mean Girls for instance. He may have been the object of desire for both Cady and Regina, but in real life Bennett is just your regular indoor cycling instructor. The former heartthrob works at an LA studio as a spinning class instructor, and has credited “group fitness” with helping him recover from the death of his mother. “I wanted to give back to the community and inspire others to be their best selves”, Bennett explained. Perhaps Lindsay Lohan could attend one of his classes.

nikki blonsky hairsprayNikki Blonsky from Hairspray is currently working as a makeup artist

Nikki Blonsky is best know as Tracy Turnblad in the movie version of Hairspray, but it’s as a makeup artist that she pays her bills these days. After her TV series Huge wrapped in 2010 she admitted on Twitter, “I’m workin @ Superstar Salon as a makeup artist & more I’m proud 2 b workin & helpin pay bills BUT ill NEVER loose sight of my dreams.” Lucky she didn’t decide to take up a career in proofreading in between acting jobs.

gary coleman diffrent strokesBefore he died Gary Coleman was working as a security guard

Diff’rent Stokes star Gary Coleman began struggling financially after his stint playing Arnold Jackson in the successful show came to an end. Before his death in 2010 Coleman had been working as a security guard in a mall in California.

Charlie Korsmo may be best known for playing Pan’s son in Hook, but the 35 year old previous child star is now a trained law professor with an undergraduate degree in physics. Learning law and physics sounds a little more demanding than learning lines for a children’s movie. We're seriously impressed, especially considering how different both of the disciplines are!

Dan Lloyd played Jack Nicholson’s young son in horror film The Shining. He’s now a biology teacher, which explains how he managed to not be totally grossed out by the gallons of blood that comes spilling out of the elevator in that scene.

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